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Government security breaches decrease: report

Byron Connolly (CIO) | July 29, 2015
Australian government networks are being targeted daily by cyber crooks but improved security has seen the number of ‘confirmed significant compromises’ decrease since 2012, a study has found.

The AISI provides participants with daily notifications of IP addresses on their networks observed as potentially vulnerable to malicious exploits or infected by malware.

The report also stated that around 16,000 people had fallen victim to the 'TorrentLocker' ransomware variant since February 2014, paying around $8 million.

Australian victims received a ransom message specifying the ransom fee - between $500 and $600 - and demanding they purchase bitcoins from specified local websites and send payment to a provided address.

One Australian corporate victim, whose brand had been exploited, estimated that its response to TorrentLocker, including monitoring, take down actions against malicious domains and brand protection, had so far cost $185,000.

Source: CIO Australia


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